Julia Henri

Selected Works

Nonfiction
This is an overview of the first electric cars and how they were marketed.
A research librarian from Corning Museum of Glass stated that the history of glass blowing and American Christmas ornament manufacturing was changed after I discovered this lost article (with photographs) in a 1919 edition of Scientific American Magazine.
Over 40 hours of research, including interviews with 28 people documented the lost history of Michigan's early rustic furniture makers. Published in Michigan History Magazine as well as for 3 editions (East Coast, Central and West Coast) of Antique Week and The Auction Exchange, MidCountry Media, Indiana.
There was a time when driving was considered sport, regardless if the outing was a shopping excursion to the nearest town, or a Sunday afternoon picnic on the local beach. It also was essential to protect expensive clothing from the oil, dirt, mud, weather, insects and other mishaps associated with motoring along the way. Specialized clothing was required and in demand for decades. This article describes motoring apparel for men, women, and even children with rare images from the Automotive Research Library in Mesa, CA
Biographical
Marilyn Monroe was named after Marilynn Miller. When she married playwright Arthur Miller, she became Marilyn Miller and the two actresses became eerily alike in more than just a shared name. This article explores the romantic, tragic life of the early Ziegfeld Follies superstar, actress and high fashion model. After countless hours of research, I have discovered the clues as to how the love of her life, Frank Carter, and the world's most expensive car in 1920 forever changed her destiny. The car, according to leading classic automobile experts today, is likely still in existence but has yet to be found. Article published by MidCountry Media with more extensive work in progress.
Food and Drink
Today we call them artisan cocktails. Back then they were called illegal. No matter what legislators try to impose in public, history proves that everyone enjoys a bit of the buzz. This article outlines concoctions served at speakeasies as well as teetotalers' teas where they enjoyed another kind of high from drinks made from excessively sugary syrups and strong caffeine.

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Works

Joy Riding in a Time Machine: Baker's Electric Cars
The rare images of Baker's electric automobiles used in this article came from the actual Baker electric car catalogue published in 1912 and have not been reprinted since the catalogue first became available. The images were sourced from the late Richard Teague's automobile related collections that make up most of the Automotive Research Library, La Mesa, CA.Published in all three editions (East Coast, Central and West Coast) of Antique Week and The Auction Exchange weekly newspapers, MidCountry Media, Indiana.

Marilynn Miller: In Search of the Silver Lining
This story emerged when I first saw a magnificent watercolor illustration used to promote a cigarette advertisement published in a popular fashion magazine dated October 1930. The image was rendered in colorful and technically beautiful detail. It portrayed an elderly black man cooing and clapping while a teenaged blonde, dressed in an excessively short skirt, danced for him. Even more suggestive, the pair were hidden away in an old basement in front of an old coal furnace. The caption read, "Marilynn Miller learned to dance with the help of her grandmother's furnace man."

In 1930, this would have been a controversial image. Who was Marilynn Miller? Her legacy was nearly lost until I became fascinated by her story, her lovers, her music and the importance of the classic, custom automobile that shaped her destiny.

Published: Midcountry Media, Indiana. A more extensive work about Marilyn Miller's life is in progress.

In Search of the Rarest Christmas Ornament
When I first suggested this article to my editor, it seemed as though this story would only be a recap of the history behind blown glass Christmas ornament manufacturing in the United States. However, after beginning my research through the Corning Glass Museum, I soon found out that these ornaments were not documented in any records other than what I had found in 1919 Scientific American Magazine article. Days of fact checking and interviews went into documenting this story, which is still on-going. It appears that the ornaments were made for only a very brief time, and none have been found to date, although everyone is certainly looking since this article was published Christmas 2015.

Cabin Classics
Published in Michigan History Magazine as well as for 3 editions (East Coast, Central and West Coast) of Antique Week and The Auction Exchange published by MidCountry Media, Indiana.

Early Motoring Apparel
Highly specialized driversí clothing was not only stylish but required to shield the driver and passengers from the splashes, stains, and dirt that would undoubtedly occur while bouncing along in their splendid automobiles. This article contains images that have not been reproduced since they were originally printed nearly a century or more ago.

Moonshine or No, Drinks in Prohibition Era Had a Kick
This article covers the history of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mixed drinks and snacks served during the Prohibition Era through the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933. Unusual and tasty kitchen-tested recipes included.